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The 2017 Boccia Awards Nominations now open!

The 2017 Boccia Awards Nominations now open!

We are proud to launch the 2017 Boccia England Awards - it’s now time to nominate your boccia sporting hero.

The Boccia England Awards are a celebration of sporting achievements. The awards provide a way of recognising and, above all, celebrating the successes of our outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs across England.

Chris Ratcliffe, Boccia England CEO has this to say about the awards: “Since I joined Boccia England in September 2016 I have been immensely impressed by the level of talent that we have within the boccia community, from dedicated volunteers to players who give it their all every time they take to the court. The Boccia Awards are a fantastic opportunity for Boccia England to showcase this talent as well as recognise and acknowledge those who put so much into our sport.”

We are now accepting nominations for the following award categories for achievements, involvement and success in the 2016/17 boccia season.

  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Athlete of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Official of the year

The closing deadline for applications is the 12th May 2017.

Nominations for the following awards can only be made where the nominee is a member of Boccia England or volunteering/coaching at a member organisation /club.

  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Athlete
  • Team of the year

For more information on each award, eligibility criteria, application form, and FAQs please download the Boccia Awards Pack

If you have any further questions please contact the Boccia England Office on 0115 967 8455 or mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk

Return completed nomination forms to mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk or post to Unit 8, Heathcoat Building, Nottingham Science Park, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ.

Competition Round Up - February

Boccia England travelled to Hertfordshire Sports village in Hatfield for the final rounds competition of The BE Cup and the fourth competition of the Heathcoat Cup.

Thanks to all our volunteer officials that supported the competitions over the weekend! It was a very busy weekend with over 150 matches taking place!

Heathcoat Cup

On Saturday 4th February Heathcoat Cup - Hatfield welcomed over 50 players to take part in BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Congratulations to our medallists and qualifiers:

(Q=Qualification to the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017)

BC1/BC2 (combined)

  • Gold - Tommy Grist (BC5)
  • Silver - Ramandeep Mann (BC2 Q)
  • Bronze - Neal Crowley (BC2 Q)
  • 4th place - Simon Clare (BC1 Q)

BC3

  • Gold - Cameron Coxall (BC3 Q)
  • Silver - Kai Shah (BC3 Q)
  • Bronze - William Wittington (BC3 Q)

BC4

  • Gold - Mitchell Robinson (BC5)
  • Silver - Rachel Hanks (BC2)

BC5

  • Gold - Anton Walton (BC6)
  • Silver - Charlie Graham (BC6)
  • Bronze - Savraj Sehra (BC6)
  • 4th place - George Bellinger (BC5 Q)

BC6

  • Gold - David Johns (BC6 Q)
  • Silver - Joe Brown(BC6 Q)
  • Bronze - Emma Kirby

BC8

  • Gold - Gregory Singleton (BC8 Q)
  • Silver - Charlotte Carr (BC8 Q)
  • Bronze - Vanshi Gunesh (BC8 Q)

Well done to everyone that took part! Qualifiers will be contacted before the 3rd April but for now get the Finals date in your diary - Saturday 29th April 2017.

To see the full results go to the Heathcoat Cup Hatfield event page.

The BE Cup

The third and final rounds competition of The BE Cup took place on Sunday 5th February.
ALL players have been invited to a play off date in Sheffield OR Hatfield.

Congratulations to the medallists:

BC1

  • Gold - Jabe Peake
  • Silver - Tia Ruel
  • Bronze - Holly Goodwyn

BC2

  • Gold - Reshad Saraj
  • Silver - William Hipwell
  • Bronze - Dan Bentley

BC3

  • Gold - Jess Hunter
  • Silver - William Arnott
  • Bronze - Craig Johnson

BC4

  • Gold - Louis Saunders
  • Silver - Penny Froude
  • Bronze - Lewis Hammans

For the full results go to The BE Cup Hatfield event page.

ALL PLAYERS that attended The BE Cup Hatfield have been invited to a play off date. Players will be seeded for The BE Cup play off competitions based on their results from The BE Cup rounds in Sheffield, Guildford and Hatfield. To read the Rules and Guidelines click here.

Next...Super League Fixture Day 2 and Heathcoat Cup Newcastle!

On Saturday 4th March the 6 Super League teams will come together for the second fixture day.

The final rounds competition of Heathcoat Cup will take place on Sunday 5th March. The competition will take place at Gateshead Leisure Centre, with 40 entries already we are looking forward to seeing a lot of new players!

Spectators welcome free of charge.

To find out more and follow results of the competitions go to events on the Boccia England website.

We look forward to welcoming all the players that are competing over the weekend - make sure you check out our competition extras at Heathcoat Cup including our Heathcoat Raffle, Club Forum and selfie station!

Sport England Funding Update

Following our application to Sport England we are pleased to announce that Boccia England has been awarded £1.5m over the next 4 years to help us deliver our core work.

This will ensure that we can continue to support those who play boccia whether it’s grassroots participation, supporting talented players or supporting those who are currently inactive but may be drawn to play boccia for the first time.

Thanks to the support of Sport England through the distribution of National Lottery and Government funding, NGB’s like boccia can really make a difference.

More information about Sport England’s funding is available here

Competition Round Up - January

Boccia England travelled to Surrey Sports Park in Guildford for the second rounds competition of The BE Cup and the third competition of the Heathcoat Cup.

Thanks to all our volunteer officials that supported the competitions over the weekend! It was a very busy weekend with over 140 matches taking place!

The BE Cup

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The second of three competition rounds of The BE Cup took place on Saturday 14th January, the last rounds competition takes place on Sunday 5th February. ALL players have been invited to a play off date in Sheffield OR Hatfield.

Congratulations to the medallists:

BC1

  • Gold - Andrew Morgan
  • Silver - Alex Dukes
  • Bronze - Justin Allen

BC2

  • Gold - James Clowes
  • Silver - Warren Dyer
  • Bronze - Alex Elliott

BC3

  • Gold - Cecilia Turk
  • Silver - Matthew Berry
  • Bronze - Liam Drummond

For the full results go to The BE Cup Guildford event page.

ALL PLAYERS that attended The BE Cup Guildford have been invited to a play off date. Players will be seeded for The BE Cup play off competitions based on their results from The BE Cup rounds in Sheffield, Guildford and Hatfield. To read the Rules and Guidelines click here.

Heathcoat Cup

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On Sunday 15th January Heathcoat Cup - Guildford welcomed over 50 players to take part in BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Congratulations to our medallists and qualifiers:

(Q=Qualification to the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017)

BC1

  • Gold - Lisa Statham(BC1 Q)
  • Silver - Gemma Mitchell (BC1 Q)
  • Bronze - Fay Hart

BC2

  • Gold - Peter Langton (BC2 Q)
  • Silver - Toyin Fabusiwa (BC5review)
  • Bronze - Vicki Bell (BC2 Q)

BC3

  • Gold - Daniel Giddings (BC3 Q)
  • Silver - Joshua Smith (BC3 Q)
  • Bronze - Jamie Lynch (BC3 Q)

BC4

  • Gold - Ryan Skinner(BC4 Q)
  • Silver - Ebony Robinson (BC2review)

BC5

  • Gold - Max Russell (BC6review)
  • Silver - Jacqueline Woods (BC5 Q)
  • Bronze - Clifford Armstrong(BC6)
  • 4th place - Andre Saini (BC5 Q)

BC6

  • Gold - Derek Sked (BC6 Q)
  • Silver - Shirley Bennett (BC6 Q)
  • Bronze - John Beddow (BC6 Q)

BC8

  • Gold - Daniel German (BC8 Q)
  • Silver - James Marchant (BC8 Q)
  • Bronze - Kate Seal

Well done to everyone that took part! Qualifiers will be contacted before the 3rd April but for now get the Finals date in your diary - Saturday 29th April 2017.

To see the full results go to the Heathcoat Cup Guildford event page.

Next...Hatfield!

On Saturday 4th February Heathcoat Cup, for the first time, will be hosted in Hatfield! The final rounds competition of The BE Cup will also take place on Sunday 5th February. The competition will take place at Hertfordshire Sports Village, with 50 entries already for Heathcoat Cup we are looking forward to seeing a lot of new players!

Spectators welcome free of charge.

To find out more and follow results of the competitions go to events on the Boccia England website.

We look forward to welcoming all the players that are competing over the weekend - make sure you check out our competition extras at Heathcoat Cup including our Heathcoat Raffle, Club Forum and Coaches Corner!

Spotlight on Young Official Lauren Kianchehr

Lauren first came across boccia through our Lord’s Taverners junior programme where she trained as a Young Boccia Official before officiating at the National Under 19s Final in 2014.

Later that year she was selected to represent Boccia England at the Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp where she was subsequently awarded Young Official of the Year. Since then she has returned to the Talent Camp as a Young Mentor in 2015 and a Youth Sport Trust Volunteer in 2016, where she also spoke during the camp’s prestigious Opening Ceremony.

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Throughout this time, Lauren has been an active volunteer for Boccia England, regularly volunteering at a wide range of competitions all over the country. She has proved a reliable and committed individual and has even officiated at the highest national level boccia competition in country – the Great Britain Boccia Championships. This dedication to the sport has paid off as she was awarded Boccia England’s Young Official of the year in 2015 and has since worked her way through the officiating pathway to achieve her Level 2 qualification as of last summer.

Closer to home, Lauren helps deliver the West Boccia League and the County Schools Boccia Competition. She also runs 2 weekly school and community clubs, and supports at the Gloucester Gladiators Boccia Academy. Through this experience of delivering and leading, she successfully achieved her Level 1 Coaching Award in 2015. Her local area have evidently recognised and valued her contribution as she has won the Young Volunteer (West of England) for 2 years consecutive years plus the Young Coach of the Year (West of England) in 2016.

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Away from boccia, Lauren is in her second year of sixth form and hopes to go onto study physical education and coaching at University later this year. She plans to pursue a career in sport whilst continuing to develop as a boccia coach and official with the hope to referee at the Paralympics one day.

Lauren is an inspiring ambassador for our sport, even delivering talks and sessions to community groups to raise awareness and interest in boccia. We have seen Lauren grow and develop through boccia – from a quiet and reserved young individual into a confident and knowledgeable coach and official who is valued greatly across the sport.

Lauren recently spoke about her work with Boccia England and her experiences at the 2016 YST Talent Camp;
“It's a pleasure working with boccia again and seeing how everyone grows over the 4 days. As usual, I loved this year’s camp - the live lab was a massive hit and everyone involved did amazing. It really showcased our sport!
It's crazy thinking about what I've done in the time since camp and I can't believe I've done any of it... I can't explain how important this journey is for me or how much impact it's had/having. So thank you to ALL of you. You've all believed in me from the start, pushed me to develop, given me amazing opportunities and massively boosted my confidence. I honestly can't thank you all enough.”

Goodbye Lucy! :-(

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Goodbye Lucy

Our Sport and Operations Manager Lucy Hall is leaving Boccia England on 3rd February to pursue other interests.

Lucy started working as the Boccia Coordinator at CP Sport in 2007 and has been a key part of the growth of boccia throughout England over the last 10 years. I know that the support and leadership Lucy has provided to colleagues within Boccia England has been invaluable and we will continue to benefit from Lucy’s efforts in the years to come.

In her own words,

‘It has been a really difficult decision and I will be truly sad to leave Boccia England. I have enjoyed my time here immensely and I have met many wonderful people along the way.
Thank you all for sharing your sport with me. Boccia is a sport that will never leave you and I will follow the sport with interest as it continues to develop and hopefully make it to some events in the future’.

I know that Lucy will be missed by all her colleagues here, and I am particularly grateful for the support Lucy has given me since I joined last September. I know that Lucy leaves on a positive note.

Thank you, Lucy, for all you have done

Chris Ratcliffe CEO

Boccia takes centre stage at 2016 National Talent Camp

Congratulations to the 22 young people who represented boccia at the recent Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp at the end of 2016.

During 4 days in December, over 300 talented young people from 10 sports, came together in Loughborough to experience a unique development camp. They were put through their paces during workshops and masterclasses to increase their confidence, aspiration and ambition.

Talent Camp 2016

Paralympian Hannah Cockroft kicked off the camp during the Opening Ceremony on Friday 16th December, along with boccia’s very own Lauren Kianchehr who spoke during the ceremony on her experiences since her attendance at the 2014 Talent Camp.

Across the remainder of the camp, our boccia cohort of 5 athletes, 3 coaches, 11 officials and 3 young mentors were challenged in working groups on themes such as your sporting philosophy, moral behaviours, managing emotions and sleep hygiene.

On Sunday, boccia came under the spotlight during the infamous ‘Live Lab’ session which involved a live coaching and match scenario with questioning and commentary throughout. It was an exciting and exclusive showcase opportunity for boccia which gripped the audience of nearly 400 people. We were extremely proud to be involved in the Live Lab and it created an inspiring boccia buzz around camp. A huge thank you to Matt Kendrick, Richard Evans, Felicity Nicholls, Dan Bentley, Evie Edwards, Tia Ruel and Jabe Peake for their participation.

To top off a successful weekend, during the Closing Ceremony, the following members of the boccia team were recognised for their outstanding contribution and development:

Young Athlete Award – Jabe Peake
Highly Commended Young Athlete – Ellie Harper
Highly Commended Young Official – Matthew Sullivan
Harry Mills Team Maker Award – Nathan Fisher

Jabe Peake Young Athlete

To find out more about the Camp visit Youth Sport Trust

Full boccia cohort, specially selected by Boccia England:

Athletes:
Murray Field, William Arnott, Jabe Peak, Ellie Harper, Theodore Barnard-Edwards

Coaches: Alisha Hayre, Nathan Fisher, Sophie Scotland

Officials:
Joe Turner, Callum Williams, Megan Read, Emily Jackman, Megan Heath, Katie Richardson, Devon-Jade Gomersall, Alaya Woodward, Joshua Travis, Matthew Sullivan,
Tessa Kirkland

Young Mentors: Sam Darling (Official), Jessica Kit (Coach), Tia Ruel (Athlete)

“Thank you for such an amazing opportunity; I have had an amazing weekend! I have learnt so many new things and made so many friends!” Sophie Scotland, Young Boccia Coach

Nathan Fisher Young Coach

Boccia League development days off to a flyer!

Two very successful friendly league days have taken place.

Clubs, teams and boccia groups came together in the North East and West of England to play in friendly boccia development days.

12 new boccia teams across both days took part giving all the players a chance to experience playing in a boccia team in a non-competitive environment. Each day was a huge success and all the teams and players thoroughly enjoyed taking part. All the teams involved are now looking forward to taking this experience and what they have learnt into the National Boccia League that has been set up in each of the areas for 2017. We’d like to wish all the teams good luck in their fixtures and we cant wait to see who qualifies for the league finals In July.

If you are interested in entering the league or setting up a league in your area we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch via info@bocciaengland.org.uk

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